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Aid workers are compromised by “war on terror,” UN official says

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1340
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    Humanitarian workers are facing unprecedented danger because of the erosion of the concept of neutrality in the wake of the war in Iraq and the “war on terror,” said the former United Nations deputy general Mark Malloch Brown.

    Giving the International Rescue Committee's annual lecture at the Royal Geographical Society in London, Sir Mark said that “between 1997 and 2005 the number of relief workers lost annually had more than doubled to over 100.” Last year “60 aid workers were lost in Darfur alone.” This is partly because the number of aid workers has grown by 60% to 250 000, so “there …

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